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LEDES Definition

LEDES 101: 03/17/2019 by Easy Legal Billing Team

The goal of LEDES (Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard) billing and the LEDES definition is to use open standards that are non-specific to any corporation.

About LEDES

LEDES is an acronym for “Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard.” The Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard (LEDES) is overseen by the LEDES Oversight Committee (LOC) that was lead by PricewaterhouseCoopers. LEDES is traditionally used in legal billing and is many times referred to as LEDES billing. The LOC is a non-profit international group that consists of representatives in the legal industry. This organization is in charge of maintaining these open legal standard formats for electronic billing between law firms and corporations.

The LEDES definition and the goal of the Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard billing is to use open standards that are non-specific to any corporation and have the following goals:

  • Keep it simple
  • Make it unambiguous
  • Minimal divergence from existing legal billing formats
  • Only require information that a firm can provide from their financial system
  • Meet the legal billing needs of law firms, corporations and the legal industry

LEDES Formats

There are currently 3 main LEDES billing formats in use:

Read our blog post entitled, “What is a LEDES File?” for more information!

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Easy Legal Billing Team

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